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2006-04-18 19:28:18

By Michelle Nichols CANBERRA (Reuters) - Australia said on Wednesday it was poised to send troops to the Solomon Islands after rioting and looting through the night following the election of a new prime minister in the South Pacific nation. Rioters set fire to shops in Chinatown, razing many buildings in protest at the election of Snyder Rini on Tuesday, claiming his new government would be heavily influenced by local Chinese businessmen and the Taiwan government. "During the night...

2006-04-09 23:38:13

HONIARA (Reuters) - Solomon Islands voters ousted half their parliament in the first election since peacekeepers restored law and order in the South Pacific nation three years ago, officials said on Monday, announcing final poll results. Prime Minister Sir Alan Kemakeza won his seat in last Wednesday's national election but will now have to lobby with winning candidates to form a coalition government ahead of a secret parliamentary ballot for prime minister on April 18. A government...

2006-04-05 20:42:39

HONIARA (Reuters) - Counting of votes in the Solomon Islands election started on Thursday after an incident free poll in the troubled South Pacific nation, but security concerns saw one counting center moved closer to a police station. The Solomons election on Wednesday was the first poll since foreign troops restored peace three years ago and follows a 2001 election marred by armed gangs and reports of vote rigging. The election saw a very high voter turn out, said government...

2006-04-04 21:25:38

By David Gray NADI, Fiji (Reuters) - Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao received a pig and whale's tooth in a traditional Fijian welcome on Wednesday and in return offered a sweeping package of economic aid to Pacific island states that support a one-China policy. Wen said China will grant zero-tariff treatment to those islands, cancel their debt that matured at the end of 2005, provide three billion yuan in preferential loans and make all seven island states with diplomatic ties approved...

Latest Solomon Islands Reference Libraries

Choiseul Pigeon, Microgoura meeki
2014-04-18 11:39:05

The Choiseul Pigeon or Solomon’s Crested Pigeon (Microgoura meeki) is an extinct species of bird belonging to the pigeon and dove family Columbidae. It was native to the islands of Choiseul located in the Solomon Islands, although there are unsubstantiated reports that it might have once lived on several nearby islands. The pigeon was monotypic within the genus Microgoura and had no known subspecies. The closest living relative is believed to be the Thick-billed Ground Pigeon, and some...

2007-04-19 05:56:14

The Bluespotted ribbontail ray, Taeniura lymma, is a stingray of the family Dasyatidae, found around coral reefs in the tropical Indo-West Pacific from the Red Sea and East Africa to the Solomon Islands north to southern Japan and south to northern Australia, between latitudes 32° N and 30° S. The bluespotted ribbontail ray is a colorful stingray with large bright blue spots on an oval, elongated disc and with blue longitudinal stripes on the tail. The snout is rounded and angular,...

2006-09-15 10:25:30

The Ducorps' Cockatoo (Cacatua ducorpsii) is a species of cockatoo endemic to the Solomon Islands. This small white cockatoo is larger than the Goffin's Cockatoo yet smaller than the Umbrella Cockatoo. Notable features of this cockatoo include a blue eye ring and a recumbent crest which resembles a sail in its raised state.

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